Equine Ultrasound-Guided Orthopaedic Injection Techniques & Therapies – A 2-Day Practical Course

Fri, 08 November, 2024 - Sat, 09 November, 2024




Veterinární Klinika Heřmanův Městec

Contact Hours

15 Hours

Early Booking Deadline

Sun, 29 September, 2024

Registration Deadline

Fri, 11 October, 2024


English (Czech Moderation)


Printed Set of Course Notes (pick up at venue) - USD 93.11


Diagnostic Imaging


Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy / Physical Therapy

Sports Medicine


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Ultrasonography has become a crucially important diagnostic imaging modality in Equine Orthopaedics and most Equine Practitioners nowadays have access to the necessary equipment.  A growing number of equine orthopaedic specialists have furthermore extended the use of ultrasonography creatively to assist with injection techniques and to facilitate minimally invasive surgery.  This 2-day practical course has been developed to provide equine and mixed animal practitioners who have experience with ultrasonography, with the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills of performing ultrasound-guided orthopaedic injections and ultrasound-assisted surgical techniques, covering all regions of the musculoskeletal apparatus of the horse.  Whole horses will be used to recreate a scenario as it might be encountered in live horses.  A review of conventional and biologic treatment modalities for orthopaedic conditions will round the course up.   

In the mornings the following topics will be covered in highly illustrated lectures and case presentations (in English with Czech moderation):  

  • How to get the most out of your ultrasound machine  
  • Principles of Ultrasound-Guidance 
  • Ultrasound-Guided Tendon & Ligament Injections  
  • Ultrasound-Guided Joint Injections of the Limbs (incl. hip & shoulder joints) 
  • Ultrasound-Guided Bursal Injections 
  • Cervical Facet Joint Injections 
  • Ultrasound-Guided Back Injections 
  • Lumbosacral & Sacroiliac Injection Techniques  
  • Ultrasound-Guided Surgery 
  • Conventional Systemic & Intra-Articular Joint Therapies  
  • What’s the latest on Regenerative Therapies?  

Open and frank discussions are encouraged during the course and the speakers will share their personal experiences with attendees, be it successes or failures.  
Between both afternoons, 7 hours of practical sessions will give attendees plenty of opportunity to train the different injection techniques on equine specimens and VetPD Joint Injection Simulators and to get tips and tricks in small groups (2 – 4 attendees per ultrasound machine), under the supervision of the specialists.  Each attendee will rotate through the following practical stations: 

  • Tendon & Ligament Injections   
  • US-guided Upper Limb Joint Injections  
  • US-guided Back Injections – Interspinous & Articular Facet Joint Injections 
  • Cervical Facet Joint Injections  
  • Lumbosacral & Sacroiliac Injection Techniques  
  • US-guided Navicular Bursa Injections & Surgical Techniques  

The course fee includes lunches, coffee/tea breaks, extensive electronic course notes and a certificate of attendance. Attendees can choose to only attend the lectures (= Lectures Only) on this course or can register for the entire course (= Lectures & Practical Sessions).  On the evening of the first day all attendees are invited to attend the course dinner, which costs 40 Euro (not included in the registration fee; drinks will be charged extra). Early course registration via the VetPD website www.vetpd.com is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available. 

This course is suitable for RCVS Modules:     B-EP.3;  C-E.4;  C-E.5;  C-E.6;  C-E.7;  C-E.15;  C-E.17 

David is a European Specialist in Equine Surgery and his main area of interest is orthopaedic surgery and lameness. David qualified from University College Dublin in 2003, before travelling to New York where he worked for four years. Subsequently returning to Ireland he established his own equine practice, focusing on imaging and treatment of equine athletes. David then completed his equine surgery residency programme at University College Dublin (UCD) before successfully obtaining a professional doctorate in orthopaedic ultrasound techniques. David moved to the UK in 2016 where he worked as a surgeon in Western Counties Equine Hospital and then Bourton Vale Equine Clinic. David now heads the orthopaedic and imaging service in the Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital, University of Liverpool. His most recent research involves investigating contrast ultrasonography, pelvic CT, and ultrasound-guided sacroiliac and cervical facet injection techniques. He has also published work in the fields of joint surgery and synovial sepsis.

Henk graduated from Utrecht University, The Netherlands, in 1988. He spent the six years that followed working in two equine clinics in the north and southwest of The Netherlands. In 1994, Henk joined Lingehoeve Diergeneeskunde equine referral hospital in the heart of the Netherlands as equine veterinarian in the ambulatory practice. Since 2000, he has specialised in orthopaedics including lameness exams, pre-purchase exams and diagnostic imaging (radiology, ultrasound, scintygraphy and contrast CT). Henk gained his ISELP certification in 2008.

Roger Smith is Professor of Equine Orthopaedics at the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK. He qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Cambridge University (UK) in 1987, having obtained a First for his undergraduate degree and a Cambridge Blue at swimming. After 2 years in practice, he returned to academia to undertake further clinical training as a Resident in Equine Studies at the Royal Veterinary College. Following his residency, he undertook a 3 year research project culminating in the award of a PhD for his studies on the extracellular matrix of equine tendon.

He remained at the Royal Veterinary College, first as a Lecturer in Equine Surgery, then as Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery before his appointment as Professor in Equine Orthopaedics in December 2003.

He holds the Diploma of Equine Orthopaedics from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Specialist in Equine Surgery. He is a Diplomate of the European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, and is also a Large Animal Associate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging.

In 2016, he was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for meritorious contribution to knowledge and was elected to president of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in July 2017.

He divides his time between running a specialist orthopaedic referral service within the Royal Veterinary College, where he is involved in lameness diagnostics, imaging and orthopaedic surgery, and continuing to direct research into equine tendon disease. His principal research interests are understanding the pathogenesis of tendon disease, diagnostics for tendon and ligament disease, and stem cell therapy for tendons in both horses and humans.

He is married to a medical doctor and has two sons.

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Veterinární Klinika Heřmanův Městec, Nový dvůr 993, 538 03 Heřmanův Městec


Veterinární Klinika Heřmanův Městec
Nový dvůr 993
538 03 Heřmanův Městec



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Take the E67 toward Wrocław / Hradec Kralove. Exit at junction 68 to 36 towards Nové Město/Pardubice/Lázně Bohdaneč and turn right on highway 36. Take a right turn on road 323 and turn left on road 333. Take road 32 219 and stay on this road until the left turn signposted Pardubická/silnici 2 Continue on silnici 2 for 6.8 km and then follow a slight right onto road 32 228. The clinic will be after 8.8 km on your left. 



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